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Longest Threads

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Longest Threads on MetaFilter

For an up-to-date list of threads which contain the most comments on MetaFilter, see the Infodump (these counts include deleted comments):

Current Record Across All MetaFilter Sites

The longest thread in MetaFilter history is the May 15, 2013 MetaTalk longboat thread A post about metatalk hasn't been deleted yet, and I wonder why which has 8659 comments. For reasons that become obvious when the thread is read, this thread is sometimes referred to as the "alphabet thread." Its length, in part, resulted from a deliberate effort to break the record for longest thread.

The second longest thread in MetaFilter history is the November 6, 2012 Presidential election post which amassed 8185 comments. While no longer the longest thread in MetaFilter history, it remains the longest thread posted to the front page. It surpassed the previous record holder, my job is not to worry about those people, about a leaked video from a private fundraiser for Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, posted on September 17, 2012 with 5817 comments. Prior to the Romney leaked video thread, the previous record holder was the 5555 comment Sarah Palin thread about the Vice Presidential nominee pick of Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, created on August 29th, 2008. While the Sarah Palin thread is no longer the longest thread, it held the record for more than four years, a period greater than any record holder prior or since. Prior to the Sarah Palin thread, for the three years the title of the longest thread in MetaFilter history was held successively by two MetaTalk threads, the last of which was the MetaTalk Sans Quoi? thread which held the record from March 10, 2008 to August 29, 2008.

MetaFilter Record Holder

8185 Comments: we choose to have an election thread... (Posted November 6, 2012)

Previous Record Holders:

5817 Comments: my job is not to worry about those people (Posted September 17, 2012)

5555 Comments: Sarah Palin as McCain's Running-mate (Posted August 29, 2008)

2556 Comments: Boing Boing Finds 21st Century Trotsky (aka the "Violet Blue Unpublishing Controversy" / Posted July 30, 2008)

1829 Comments: Ted Haggard resigns over sex scandal (Posted November 2, 2006)

Prior to 30-day expiration on threads:

1729 Comments: metafilter parody 2001-2002 (Posted August 24, 2001, was open for over 392 days)

1614 Comments: Now this is something I just don't get 2000-2002 (Posted March 28, 2000, was open for 24 months)

MetaTalk Record Holders

8659 Comments: A post about metatalk hasn't been deleted yet, and I wonder why (also called the "alphabet thread" / Posted May 15, 2013)

Previous Record Holders:

3648 Comments: Sans quoi? (No thread has held a record for longer / Posted March 10, 2008)

2686 Comments: Spoonfed used to host a metatalk parody that's gone now (a longboat sometimes referred to as "9622v.2"/ Posted June 6, 2005)

Ask MetaFilter Record Holder

923 Comments: You were doing it wrong (Posted July 6, 2010)

Previous Record Holder:

749 Comments: What Is This Creepy Site Advertising? (Posted October 2, 2006)

Chart comparisons

Threads on MetaFilter Containing More Than 1000 Comments

In order of size, from largest to least:

Number of Comments Link Date
8185 Comments we choose to have an election thread... November 6, 2012
5817 Comments my job is is not to worry about those people September 17, 2012
5555 Comments Sarah Palin as McCain's running-mate August 29, 2008
4937 Comments Boston in lockdown as hunt for marathon bombers unfolds April 19, 2013
4504 Comments Bin Laden May 1, 2011
4475 Comments Obama and Romney battle it out, rap style October 22, 2012
4437 Comments Explosions at Boston Marathon Finish Line April 15, 2013
4136 Comments Hurricane Sandy October 26, 2012
3282 Comments Large earthquake off coast of Japan March 10, 2011
3228 Comments Endgame July 24, 2011
3157 Comments A crash course in nuclear wessels. March 12, 2011
3142 Comments Many dead in Connecticut primary school shooting December 14, 2012
3068 Comments Thrilla or Vanilla? October 3, 2012
3061 Comments It's Time For Another Woman Moderator for the U.S. Presidential Debate! October 16, 2012
2900 Comments Hey, hey, hey.. Gooood-bye! November 14, 2011
2833 Comments Even a rising tide can't raise a sinking ship... October 9, 2013
2734 Comments Is a revolution at hand? January 27, 2011
2579 Comments Lone nut or something worse? January 8, 2011
2553 Comments Boing Boing Finds 21st Century Trotsky? June 8, 2008
2427 Comments No one's ever on your side, Betty. May 6, 2013
2244 Comments Previously, on Mad Men June 6, 2013
2207 Comments "October is a fine and dangerous season in America" October 1, 2013
2098 Comments The Silence of the Fannibals May 1, 2014
2090 Comments Biden/Ryan faceoff October 11, 2012
2076 Comments We have the facts and we're voting... November 3, 2008
2033 Comments Surely THIS ... Rob Ford documents released, video described by police October 31, 2013
2002 Comments Zimmerman acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin July 13, 2013
1953 Comments MH370 missing March 7, 2014
1829 Comments Ted Haggard / New Life Church November 2, 2006
1812 Comments Consuming Hannibal March 31, 2014
1789 Comments Japanpost-earthquake nuclear crisis keeps going March 17, 2011
1771 Comments "I wish girls were attracted to me. I don’t know why they aren’t." May 24, 2014
1755 Comments Palin, pancakes, and the straight talk express September 14, 2008
1729 Comments metafilter parody. August 24, 2001
1706 Comments Pro-Choice Filibuster in the Texas Senate June 25, 2013
1668 Comments Predditors October 11, 2012
1649 Comments "a clear and written threat that they could storm our embassy." August 15, 2012
1614 Comments Now this is something I just don't get. March 28, 2000
1600 Comments Elections are fun! October 15, 2008
1590 Comments The Bain of his existence July 13, 2012
1587 Comments Shooting at Batman Premiere outside Denver July 20, 2012
1584 Comments Because there are more important things to do on Friday night September 24, 2008
1571 Comments Trayvon Martin, shot by George Zimmerman March 20, 2012
1550 Comments Paul Ryan as Romney's running-mate August 11, 2012
1524 Comments Steve Jobs, RIP October 5, 2011
1501 Comments The Iron Lady has rusted away April 8, 2013
1463 Comments UP October 15, 2009
1454 Comments Bitter tea March 20, 2010
1449 Comments Furore over sexism being called out at PyCon March 20, 2013
1438 Comments "We are heartbroken by this terrible loss." September 12, 2012
1422 Comments Sarah Palin may be a better debater than you think October 1, 2008
1419 Comments Mubarak To Step Down February 10, 2011
1408 Comments They're not the same men April 7, 2013
1387 Comments Riots in London August 6, 2011
1364 Comments Sarah Palin to resign July 3, 2009
1328 Comments Phalluses, Wolves, and the Wheaton February 2, 2011
1302 Comments Explosion in downtown Oslo July 22, 2011
1282 Comments Barack Obama is the next President of the United States November 4, 2008
1279 Comments Julian Assange Turns Himself In December 7, 2010
1266 Comments "the existence of greater crimes does not excuse lesser crimes" July 4, 2011
1264 Comments A Half-Century of Rights, Gone March 9, 2011
1255 Comments The Apple iPad January 27, 2010
1195 Comments Previously on Lost May 23, 2010
1194 Comments Political Science and Promiscuity May 9, 2006
1193 Comments Curiouser and curiouser August 5, 2012
1187 Comments Bill Clinton's remarkable skill September 6, 2012
1173 Comments Tie game. Bottom of the 9th. Bases loaded. Two outs. Three balls. Two strikes. And the pitch... June 28, 2012
1146 Comments . April 16, 2007
1138 Comments Unrest in Libya February 20, 2011
1126 Comments One for the History Books March 19, 2008
1124 Comments NOTW: 0 - Guardian: 1 July 7, 2011
1091 Comments Google Illiterate March 13, 2013
1086 Comments Eurovision 2011 May 10, 2011
1069 Comments For Sale: A Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoking Crack Cocaine May 16, 2013
1050 Comments Runaway Gov June 22, 2009
1038 Comments I do not expect to see home again. June 9, 2013
1033 Comments Blogstop July 30, 2003
1027 Comments Affairs of the heart and matters of the State November 9, 2012
1026 Comments What's That? November 12, 2005